Module Catalogue 2023/24

NUS8108 : Process Control

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Pavan Kumar Naraharisetti
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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Course can be offered as CPD.

The module aims to equip students with the understanding and skills of ensuring safe design and operations of process instrumentation and control system in order to prevent catastrophic failure and to bring the process plant back to safe conditions within the shortest reasonable time and best practicable means.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Process monitoring, control and emergency shut down
2.       Process data management and analysis
3.       Reliability engineering using process instrumentation and control
4.       Instrumentation Safety considerations including Safety Instrumented Systems
5.       Controller tuning for accuracy and prompt response to process upset
6.       Uninterruptable power supply
7.       System and data security

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Describe and explain the importance of process instrumentation and control in process safety
•       Discuss and explain the concept of process instrumentation and control in reliability engineering
•       Explain the concept of system and data security in process safety

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Evaluate process data and trendline in predicting plant and process failure
•       Formulate emergency shutdown procedure in the event of process runaway
•       Specify instrumentation based on safety considerations
•       Appreciate the importance of process dynamics in effecting safe control and operation
•       Apply skills of controller tuning and systems analysis to provide safe and stable process control
•       Apply concepts of data security

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:306:30Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Closed-book exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00B1 coursework including background research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study15:005:00Review lecture notes, general reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0024:00Tutorial preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Lecture follow-up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching is mainly via lectures and tutorial with small group discussions during class. This is complemented with self-study and preparation of tutorial solutions, coursework, class test and final examination in order to provide feedback on student learning. Teaching materials are made available to the students online in order for self-study and preparation in their own pace. Tutorial classes enable students to ask questions and clarify any doubts.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M401000 words report with solutions to engineering problem
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam enables students to demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge and skills learnt to solving engineering problems. Coursework assignment provide students more time to think about larger problem and provide engineering solutions to it and present it in a written coursework.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2023/24 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2024/25 entry will be published here in early-April 2024. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.